Fingerboard Harmony Primer for Classical Guitar

Fingerboard Harmony Primer for Classical Guitar

About the Book

A modest music-reading ability and knowledge of basic music theory will help users of this book. The Fingerboard Harmony Primer for Classical Guitar explores basic triad shapes on each set of adjacent three strings along with suggestions for their practice. These are then used to show the derivation of the most commonly used four-voice chords. Mastery of this material will help develop the relationship between key and position on the guitar and serve as the foundation of prior knowledge that will facilitate the study of repertoire.

Note that this is not a chord dictionary—there are plenty of those—but a booklet that can help students learn the fingerboard rather simply memorizing chord shapes without knowing what they are or how they relate to surrounding chords.

Note that if you own or plan to purchase volume one of The Classical Guitar Companion, the material in this primer is included there, so don't purchase this unless you wish to have this material in electronic form or available on your iPad, Kindle, or other device.

About the Author

Christopher Berg
Christopher Berg

Christopher Berg received his training at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and in master classes with Andrés Segovia at the University of Southern California. He has performed hundreds of concerts throughout the United States and is a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina where he has directed the classical guitar program since 1978. He has guided hundreds of students through their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees in guitar performance.

He has released a CD of original music, The Pilgrim Forest, and is the author of Mastering Guitar Technique: Process and Essence, Giuliani Revisitied, and The Classical Guitar Companion.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • Introduction
  • Triads on the Top Three Strings
    • On ① ② ③: Open
    • On ① ② ③: Moveable
    • Triad Cycles
    • Scales in Triads
    • Reference Table for Triad Shapes on ① ② ③
  • Triads on the Lower Strings
    • On ② ③ ④: Open
    • On ③ ④ ⑤: Moveable
    • On ③ ④ ⑤: Open
    • On ③ ④ ⑤: Moveable
    • On ④ ⑤ ⑥: Open
    • On ④ ⑤ ⑥: Moveable
  • Triad Progressions
  • Complete Reference Tables
    • Reference Table for All Open Triad Shapes
    • Reference Table for All Moveable Triad Shapes
  • Four-Voice Chords
    • Four-Voice Chords: highest note on ①
    • Four-Voice Chords: highest note on ②
    • Four-Voice Major Chords: highest note on ③
    • Four-Voice Minor Chords: highest note on ③

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